TRENTON, N J — Allaire State Park in nearby Wall is among 12 state parks, forests and recreation areas where tent-style camping resumed on June 22, with social distancing and the wearing of face masks encouraged.
The other Monmouth County state park opening is Cheesequake in Old Bridge. While Allaire will be allowed to operate at 90 percent capacity—with 41 campsites opening — Cheesequake will be at 60 percent capacity with 27 open sites.
Also opening will be High Point State Park, Jenny Jump State Forest, Stokes State Forest and Worthington State Forest, all in the northern region; Spruce Run Recreation Area, also in the central region with Allaire and Cheesequake; and Bass River State Forest, Belleplain State Forest, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Parvin State Park and Wharton State Forest, all in the southern region.
Camping will reopen on June 29 at Swartswood State Park and Stephens State Forest in the northern part of the state.
“We are pleased to resume camping at New Jersey state parks and forests, knowing how important these activities are to so many people,” said N.J. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. Commissioner McCabe in a June 20 press release. “We are taking every precaution to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests and strongly remind the public of the importance of maintaining proper six-foot social distancing and wearing masks when visiting this summer.”
DEP has taken into account the physical layouts of each park in determining the percentage of campsites to reopen.
Camping remains closed at the Round Valley Recreation Area, Washington Crossing State Park, Kittatinny Valley State Park, Waywayanda State Park and Voorhees State Park.
To maintain social distancing guidelines and staffing requirements to clean and maintain indoor facilities, camping will be limited to tent-style camping, while all other forms of overnight use including cabins, shelters, group cabins, wilderness campsites, primitive campsites and group campsites will remain closed.
Rigorous cleaning protocols for restrooms, shower facilities and other facilities and common areas will be implemented, following guidelines set by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the N.J Department of Health. In addition, barriers are being installed to limit contact between staff and visitors.
Campground guests will be encouraged by signage to wear a mask when in public and in indoor spaces such as gatehouses and restrooms. They must maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals who are not immediate family members, caretakers, household members or partners.
Visitors are encouraged to make reservations, cancellations and payments via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions by visiting www.njportal.com/DEP/NJOutdoors.The option to pay by cash is also available.Click here for more information about New Jersey campgrounds.